First let me say that I'm not entirely sure this is the right section of the forum to post this (it is relevant to a plot I'm working on), and if it's not, I apologize and hope that a moderator will be so kind as to move it to where it belongs. All right, on to the question! Consider the following scenario: You have a curse. Never mind how you got it, you just have it. The curse is a fairly simple one: the more you love someone, the more you want to kill them. The curse doesn't force you to do anything, it simply gives you an impulse to harm the people you love. You can resist it, but it's pretty strong. You've managed to live with it just fine for a while.... Then you meet the "love of your life". You didn't seek them out really, you had reason to be around them and it just happened, as those things sometimes do. You love them deeply, and they share your feelings. You've talked with them about your curse, and they accept you for it. Things seem great, but you already feel the impulse to harm them growing worse than you've ever felt it before. You're seriously afraid that if it keeps up, you'll succumb one day and actually kill them. Now, your reason for being around this person you love most of all goes away. You were on the same cruise ship, you were stuck in an airplane, lost in space, whatever. It's over now, and you're faced with the question. The Question: Given that there is a high probability that you will someday succumb to your curse, and that your lover has said that they want you to stay anyway, do you: a) Part ways with your true love. b) Stay with them. Remember, there is no guarantee that you will succumb, only a strong likelihood (we all have our limits). The longer you stay together, the closer it comes to being certain. Maybe you can get away with another year, maybe two, but after that...? Follow-up Question: Switching positions now, assume you are the cursed person's lover. You're fully aware of all the "rules" involved with their curse. Do you: a) Ask them to stay because you're willing to risk your life. You believe in them, and you know you would give your life for them in lots of other circumstances, so is this really any different? b) Ask them to go because you're not willing to risk your life. In the end, you know you'll find love again. c) Ask them to go because you think it'll be best for them. It kills you inside to say it, but you don't want them to live with their curse eating away at them, even if they say it's worth it. You know they would suffer from it, and in the end, isn't it better to have a peaceful parting now instead of a more painful one later? If you could please give your answer with a succinct explanation of how you reached it, I will greatly appreciate it. I have my own answers, but I want to pick your brain and see what you think. I'll post my own conclusions when this thread dies out.